Literature

All the Way

 All the Way By Stephen O’Connor When somebody loves you It’s no good unless he loves you, all the way. Happy to be near you When you need someone to cheer you, all the way. —Frank Sinatra, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn Michael and Sarah are not their real names. But…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 40

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 40 By Louise Peloquin “Wistful and admiring” Straw-colored twine secured the last box of Monsieur Dubé’s books. As soon as Blanche pulled on its lopsided bow, the top eased open and dust bunnies took flight like little genies happy to be released from confinement. Blanche watched…

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Time Tales by David Daniel

Time Tales By David Daniel   Past: 7 P.M. Sharp At 6:00 P.M. the ship is waiting at the pier, music rising over the burble of diesel engines. The college is holding a sunset harbor cruise for its adult education grads, a last big hurrah on a fine spring evening.…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 39

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 39 By Louise Peloquin “I’m into something good.” It was day three of her sentence and Blanche had already spent nine recreation periods in the library. Sister Claudette had acknowledged her cleaning skills and decided supervision was not required. Blanche handled the old books with the…

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The “Friday Night Lights of Hockey”

The “Friday Night Lights of Hockey”: Jay Atkinson’s Tale at Twenty By David Daniel “Hockey gets in the blood—you develop an intense passion for the game, and either you leave it—too many early mornings, bus rides, urine-smelling rinks—or you just love it.” Jay Atkinson is author of eight books, including…

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Boarding School Blues: Chapter 38

Boarding School Blues: Chapter 38 By Louise Peloquin Dust Bunnies The next morning, while filing outside for recreation, classmates made sure Blanche saw their hang-in-there-and-stay-strong raised fists followed by love-ya-kiddo puckered-lip smiles. She responded likewise in an effort to simulate stoicism. Actually, she was looking forward to what would lie…

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Enterprises Requiring New Clothes

Enterprises Requiring New Clothes By David Daniel Henry David Thoreau, the Sage of Walden Pond, cautions us to beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. With due respect and affection for the man—and I have tons of both—there are times when new threads are called for . . .…

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Please Hold for Mr. Marek

Please Hold for Mr. Marek By David Daniel From the New York Times obituary, March 25, 2020: When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one of the literary world’s most important manuscripts, “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s intimate…

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